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Three Swallows
"We holiday in the area each year and tend to eat at the Three Swallows 8 or 9 times in the fortnight. We used to be Dun Cow in Salthouse ..." More

George Hotel
"Lousy service, not a patch on what it once was for food. Great pity it has deteriorated so much.

Date visited: October 2008 ..." More

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a joy to visit Cley and Glandford. Lovely old ...More

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Cley (pronounced Cly by the way) is a place that has changed much over its history, evolving into the beautiful village of today that is enjoyed by holidaymakers and birders alike. Next the sea is these days a misnomer. Land reclamation efforts in the 17th century managed to silt up the port on the river Glaven here, and though the sea did move back the land was not suitable for farming. There is still evidence of the days when Cley was a significant port: the windmill is one of the two great landmarks here; and there are Flemish gables on various houses in the settlement that tell a tale of what was once a cosmopolitan seaport. The other great landmark is the beautiful church of St Margaret, perfectly sited on a small rise by the village green. As with so many of Norfolk’s churches, St Margaret’s reflects the economic boom in medieval Norfolk, when wool merchants and the seaports made the area the wealthiest in the country for a time. St Margaret’s was largely built in the 14th century by masons of the Ramsay family who also built the Palace of Westminster, a fact that emphasises the importance of the area and of Cley in particular in that era. Facilities within the village far exceed what might be expected of a place whose population was just 376 at the last census. There are two pubs, several eateries, galleries, a delicatessen and a bookshop. This area is noted for its seafood – Cromer with its crabs is about ten miles east along the scenic A149, Stiffkey with its blues (cockles) half that to the west on the same road. Cley has a smokehouse that uses local catches in its production, but the shingle beach is a good place for those with the gear to do their own fishing – flatties can be found all year round, and at various times of the year cod, mackerel and even bass can be found in the waters here. The biggest draw to the area is, however, the birding: Cley Marshes, Blakeney Point, and Salthouse Marshes are all grouped around the village. Cley Marshes are preserved by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and there are boardwalks and even a café there for birders to use – very useful when the cold east wind blows across the North Sea. The views in and from the village are worth a visit in themselves, and it is not for nothing that the place has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. The A149 coast road is great for a sightseeing drive, but perhaps the best way to see the area is on foot, the Norfolk Coast Path passing through Cley as it winds around the coast to distant Holme next the Sea.


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Blakeney Hotel (1.05 miles)

Blakeney Hotel

A traditional privately owned hotel with its Quayside location has magnificent views across the Estuary and salt marshes to Blakeney Point which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The hotel offers a high standard ... More | visit website


Morston Hall (2.29 miles)

Morston Hall

We don't pretend what we offer is unique. However, we know our fusion of hotel, restaurant and surroundings is a rare combination anywhere in the British Isles. Morston Hall is owned and run by Tracy ... More

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Lower Appartment Langham Hall (2.77 miles)

Lower Appartment Langham Hall

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Langham is just one mile from the beauties of the North Norfolk Coast. Langham Hall appartments have been recently renovated and are situated in the heart of the village in ... More

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The Pheasant Hotel (3.43 miles)

The Pheasant Hotel
Situated in 2 acres of landscaped gardens, this Georgian country house hotel offers bright, airy rooms in a peaceful setting. Fresh local produce is served in the hotel restaurant. Comfortable, spacious rooms at The Pheasant offer ... More | visit website
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The Feathers Hotel (3.84 miles)

The Feathers Hotel
The Feather's Hotel has been an important part of Holt, since it was established on the site of the old cattle market in 1650. During the 19th Century the 'Regulator' coach used to depart from the ... More | visit website
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Maltings Hotel (4.07 miles)

Maltings Hotel

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The Maltings Hotel is located in Weybourne, 4 miles from Holt in North Norfolk. The Maltings Hotel, an original building of Norfolk flint, dating back to the 16th Century. Cuisine is ... More

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Kelling Heath Holiday Park (4.88 miles)

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Luxury caravan holiday homes, woodland lodges and touring & camping pitches amongst 250 acres of woodland and rare open heathland in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The perfect location to relax and unwind with ... More | visit website

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Dales Country House Hotel (6.20 miles)

Dales Country House Hotel

Nestled in National Trust parkland, close to the North Norfolk coast, you will find a timeless beauty which is, the Dales Country House Hotel.

Experience the delights of this quintessentially English grade II listed country ... More | visit website

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Sunrays (6.62 miles)


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A superb Arts and Crafts dwelling offering 4 Star Silver award quality accommodation. One Suite in the main house and two annexe rooms which have the advantage of being on ... More

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Old Bakehouse Guesthouse (8.10 miles)

Old Bakehouse Guesthouse

Set in the heart of the historical village of Little Walsingham, The Old Bakehouse offers three spacious guest rooms, all with en-suite facilities. Colour TV and Tea and coffee making facilities are available in each ... More | visit website

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